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Struggling to find and/or produce meaning... (a study)

2010.01.18
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- What is semiotics?..
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- Nooooooooo, I don't want to read this, I can't understand a single word...
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- And this is only the introduction...
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- Have enough of that!..
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- Sssh**.............................
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Preparing for my only exam in January on SEMIOTICS

Semiotics - the study of all verbal or nonverbal systems as languages, that is, as systems in which signs are articulated by a syntax of differences (Kristeva)

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Visible Language: PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMA

Photography shows us a prior reality, and even if it does give us an impression of ideality, it is never experienced as purely illusory it is the document of a "reality from which we are sheltered" (Barthes)

In contrast, cinema calls for the subject to project himself into what he sees; it is not presented as an evoking of a past reality, but as a fiction the subject is in the process of living. The reason for the impression of imaginary reality that cinema elicits has been seen in the possibility of representing movement, time, the narrative, etc.

Cinema does not copy the reality proposed to it in an "objective," naturalistic, or continuous fashion. It cuts up sequences, isolates shots, and recombines them by means of further montage. Cinema does not reproduce things, it manipulates, organizes, and structures them. And it is only in the new structure obtained by editing these elements that they take on meaning. (Eisenstein)
The principle of montage, or better, that of joining isolated, similar, or contradictory elements, whose collision provokes a signification they don't have by themselves, was found by Eisenstein in hieroglyphic writing. According to him, a film must be a hieroglyphic text in which each isolated element has meaning only in the contextual combination and according to its place in the structure.

Today many studies are devoted to the internal rules of cinematographic language. Some are even going beyond the framework of film strictly speaking, and studying the language of comic strips: there the succession of sketches no doubt imitates the arrangement of cinematographic images, and by this means goes beyond the static nature of of photos and sketches, and introduces time and movement into the narrative. The isolated image (or photograph) is an utterance; when arranged with others, it produces a narration.
12 Comments
onlyricky I've just realized I've to study psycology!!
LOLs!
;)
onlyricky · 2010-01-18: 14:42
finbarr study looks hard !! Good Luck to you in Exam!
finbarr · 2010-01-18: 18:30
mystic1 Your Study looks like alot of paperwork, Good Luck on your exam Nell
mystic1 · 2010-01-18: 22:04
LotoFoto I like how you tell a story with your set.
(& I'm glad it's you studying that complicated subject and not me ;)
LotoFoto · 2010-01-18: 23:33
jet28 Dramatic!
jet28 · 2010-01-19: 03:43
huiching LOL. Love this story.
huiching · 2010-01-19: 06:48
lookagain You look exasperated! At least you have a comfortable chair in which to study ;))
lookagain · 2010-01-19: 09:25
????? Burn it all!
????? · 2010-01-19: 13:49
Eiram great set...wait, ....reminds me of someone...

oh yes...my daughter and son:)))
Eiram · 2010-01-19: 14:40
longimanus azt hiszem, érzem miröl beszélsz, csak vissza ne kérdezz :-) nem sajnàllak, te vàlasztottad ezt az utat ;-)
longimanus · 2010-01-19: 17:17
unige Kitartást!!! Most már én is sejtem, mit tanulsz a fotókon...azaz mit nem akarsz megtanulni :D
unige · 2010-01-20: 03:45
????? Good luck! I'm glad I'm long past this!
????? · 2010-01-20: 06:32
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